How much money can I make before it affects my social security?
If you earn more than $16,920 (in 2017), Social Security will deduct $1 from your benefits for each $2 you earn over the threshold. In the year you reach full retirement age, you can earn up to $44,880 (in 2017) without having a reduction in benefits.
If you work and collect Social Security at the same time at age 65 or younger, part of your Social Security payments could be temporally withheld if you earn more than $16,920 in 2017. Beneficiaries who exceed the earnings limit will have $1 in benefits withheld for every $2 in income above the limit.
- ?After attaining age 66, you can earn any amount & still collect full Social Security benefits. To maximize after-tax income if you are a single individual (or head-of household) you would want to keep your earned and unearned income plus one-half of your Social Security benefit under $25,000 total.
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Friday that the maximum amount of wages in 2018 subject to the 6.2% Social Security tax (old age, survivor, and disability insurance) will rise from $127,200 to $128,400, an increase of a little more than 1%.
- Income Limit for SSI. In general, the income limit for SSI is the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR), which is $750 per month for an individual and $1,125 per month for a couple in 2018. Remember, though, that not all income is countable, and so you can earn more than $750 per month and still qualify for SSI.
Generally, self-employed individuals may currently work up to 45 hours per month (about 10 hours per week) and still be eligible for disability benefits -- if they are not the only person working for the business and they aren't making substantial income. But it's actually quite a bit more complicated than this.
- Then Social Security calculates your average indexed monthly earnings during the 35 years in which you earned the most. We apply a formula to these earnings and arrive at your basic benefit, or “primary insurance amount.” You choose to get benefits before your full retirement age.
- For the year 2018, this limit on earned income is $17,040 ($1,420 per month). The amount goes up each year. If you are collecting Social Security retirement benefits before full retirement age, your benefits are reduced by $1 for every $2 you earn over the limit.
- The Social Security earnings limit for people age 65 and younger will increase from $15,720 in 2016 to $16,920 in 2017. Social Security beneficiaries who earn more than this amount will have $1 in benefits withheld for every $2 in earned income over the limit.
Updated: 2nd October 2019